Reading = Success

If you can read well, it’s a pretty sure thing that you will be successful in life. If you are a good reader, chances are you will also be a good writer. Here are some April 2013 U.S. Dept. of Education statistics that are chilling: 14% of U.S. adults cannot read. 21% of adults read below 5th grade level. 19% of high school graduates cannot read. And 63% of prison inmates cannot read. Correlation? As an author, of course I want people to read–not only my books but any books. I want people to be literate and experience the same pleasures of reading that I have enjoyed ever since I decoded my first kid book years ago. Books are plentiful, not only Free bookmobileComposite 800in bookstores but in libraries, schools, thrift shops, and bookmobiles. I am familiar with two organizations that provide free books. One is very local, the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County (CA). It is free because 100’s of generous and caring people donate 1000’s of books to make them available all over the county, especially to older folks who may not be able to get out and about, rural folks, and families without the resources to buy books or get to libraries. Check out its website; google Free Bookmobiles; pick up some books. Read! The other is a Little Free Libraryworld-wide organization, the Little Free Library. These miniature structures are located in towns all across the country and elsewhere. “Take a book, return a book” is its motto. You borrow a book and bring a book to replace it. People volunteer to become stewards of the little libraries, building all different designs, planting them on the edge of their property, and inviting passersby to take a book. Visit the website to find  one near you. Or, better yet, decide to become a steward and build your own little free library. Fill it with books with the help of friends, let everyone know about it, and see what happens! The more that books are available, the more people will want to read. Donate your unwanted books to your local Friends of the Library organization, to your local bookmobile, or to the nearest Little Free Library. We want readers!

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Writer, Gardener, Crafter
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